March 25, 2014
Austin Wheelock Receives Designation of Certified Economic Developer from the International Economic Development Council
Austin Wheelock, Economic Development Specialist and Property Manager for Operation Oswego County (OOC) recently earned the designation of Certified Economic Developer (CEcD), a national recognition that denotes a mastery of principal skills in economic development, professional attainment and a commitment to personal and professional growth. The CEcD exam was administered by the International Economic Development Council (IEDC)on March 22 and 23 in Alexandria, Virginia.
"With 8 years of economic development experience at OOC, Austin has been a major team player in helping to attract companies and expand businesses, encouraging entrepreneurism and providing oversight over the many properties that OOC and the County of Oswego IDA have developed to promote and encourage economic development and job creation. Some examples include the attraction of K&N's Foods USA, Champlain Valley Specialties and SAM North America, spearheading the Next Great Idea Business Plan Competition, coordinating activities at the Oswego County Business Expansion Center and the former Oswego County Start-Up Facility (small business incubators) and the development of a series of comprehensive site profiles for critical industrial sites in the county," according to L. Michael Treadwell, executive director of OOC, CEO of the County of Oswego IDA and also a CEcD. "We want to congratulate Austin on achieving the CEcD designation. It adds tremendously to the professional credibility that OOC demonstrates in the economic development arena."
The CEcD designation recognizes qualified and dedicated practitioners in the economic development field and sets the standard of excellence within the profession. Candidates must pass a rigorous and comprehensive three-part, two-day examination, which tests a practitioner's knowledge, proficiency and judgment in the key areas of economic development, including business retention and expansion, marketing, finance, workforce development, community development, real estate, strategic planning, tech-led economic development, and management.
As highly competent economic development practitioners, Certified Economic Developers work with public officials, business leaders and community members to create leadership to build upon and maximize the economic development sector. Excellence in the economic development profession improves the well being, quality of life and opportunities for individuals, businesses and communities. There are currently 1,046 active CEcDs in the United States.
About IEDC: The International Economic Development Council (IEDC) is a non-profit membership organization serving economic developers. With more than 4,000 members, IEDC is the largest organization of its kind. Economic developers promote economic well-being and quality of life for their communities, by creating, retaining and expanding jobs that facilitate growth, enhance wealth and provide a stable tax base. From public to private, rural to urban, and local to international, IEDC's members are engaged in the full range of economic development experience. Given the breadth of economic development work, our members are employed in a wide variety of settings including local, state, provincial and federal governments, public private partnerships, chambers of commerce, universities and a variety of other institutions. When we succeed, our members create high-quality jobs, develop vibrant communities, and improve the quality of life in their regions.
Learn more about IEDC: www.iedconline.org